Since graduating from the National College of Art & Design,

David Rooney has amassed over thirty years experience as an artist and illustrator. As a contributor to The Irish Times and Hotpress his editorial work has reflected the tumultuous changes in Irish society. 


Internationally, the OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation Development (Paris) has regularly featured Rooney’s work as has The Folio Society (London), publishing several award-winning illustrated titles. Editorial illustration work has appeared in publications in the U.K., U.S., Germany and Japan.


Work in recent years has focused mainly on cultural projects - The 5 part BBC series ‘The Story of Ireland’ featured 100 illustrations, Titanic Experience Belfast, King John’s Castle Limerick, Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition Durham and the Stonehenge interpretative centre, Salisbury.

The ‘1916 - Portraits and Lives’ book, published by the Royal Irish Academy, received the IDI Design Award for illustration. All 40 original portraits were acquired by the OPW for the State and exhibited in Kilmainham Gaol as part of the 2016 Centenary Celebrations. The exhibition toured internationally with Department of Foreign Affairs support to London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Johannesburg.


Recent projects include illustration and animation work for Edinburgh Castle, a BBC 4 television documentary on the writer Helen Waddle and a commemorative coin for Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the Central Bank of Ireland.

Recent projects

An animated film on the subject of the Glencoe Massacre for National Trust of Scotland. Midleton and Jameson whiskey label illustrations.


New York Art Directors Club 1989

Irish Advertising and Design awards 1993, 1994, 1996

and 1999

Association of Illustrators (UK) 2000

Institute of Designers Ireland Awards 2014, 2015 and 2017


‘Bound Together’ with Declan O’Rourke as co-producer.

The album 'Bound Together’ by David Rooney is available now on Spotify and iTunes. Videos on DavidRooneyMusic channel YouTube

“There isn’t a single track out of place and it all flows smoothly. Bound Together is a sublimely soulful piece of work that sounds comfortingly familiar, yet is still somehow fresh and unique” Hot Press Review 2017


Guest lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Athlone Institute of Technology 1999 to the present.